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Press Release Fun: Children’s Choice Book Awards

A nice list, if I do say so myself.



Kids pick Jeff Kinney, Stephenie Meyer, and Christopher Paolini as some of their favorites of 2008.


NEW YORK, NY February 26, 2009 – The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child a Reader, Inc. (the CBC Foundation), announces the finalists for the Second Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. Jeff Kinney, Stephenie Meyer and Christopher Paolini are among the favorite author choices. Favorite book choices include Mike Lupica’s The Big Field and Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! The favorite book finalists were determined by close to 15,000 children and teens. Thousands more will be able to cast their votes for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, schools, libraries, and at from March 16 through May 3.


The Children’s Choice Book Awards winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 12 in New York City as part of Children’s Book Week (May 11-17, 2009), the oldest national literacy event in the United States. The awards ceremony, hosted by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, will include the presentation of an Impact Award to Whoopi Goldberg, in recognition of her vast contribution to the promotion of literacy and the love of reading among young people. Last year’s Impact Award recipient, Al Roker, will present the award.


This year’s Children’s Choice Book Award finalists are as follows:


Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year:

The Donut Chef written and illustrated by Bob Staake (Golden Books/Random House Children’s Books)

Katie Loves the Kittens written and illustrated by John Himmelman (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Book Group)

Sort It Out! written by Barbara Mariconda, illustrated by Sherry Rogers (Sylvan Dell Publishing)

Those Darn Squirrels written by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (Clarion)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year:

Babymouse: Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House Children’s Books)

One Million Things by Peter Chrisp (DK Publishing)

Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams (Bearport Publishing)

Underwear: What We Wear Under There by Ruth Freeman Swain (Holiday House)

Willow written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, illustrated by Cyd Moore (Sleeping Bear Press)


Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

100 Most Dangerous Things On the Planet by Anna Claybourne (Scholastic Reference)

Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphix/Scholastic)

The Big Field by Mike Lupica (Philomel/Penguin Young Readers Group)

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion by Ben Boos (Candlewick Press)

Thirteen by Lauren Myracle (Dutton/Penguin Young Readers Group)


Teen Choice Book Award

Airhead by Meg Cabot (Point/Scholastic)

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown and Company)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group)

Paper Towns by John Green (Dutton/Penguin Young Readers Group)


Author of the Year

Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Amulet Books/Abrams)

Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown and Company)

Christopher Paolini, Brisingr (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books)

James Patterson, Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (Little, Brown and Company)

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Disney- Hyperion Books)


Illustrator of the Year

Laura Cornell, Big Words for Little People (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Robin Preiss Glasser, Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly! (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Mo Willems, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Book Group)

David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon, Smash! Crash! (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

John J Muth, Zen Ties (Scholastic Press)



The finalists for Book of the Year in the Kindergarten to Second Grade, Third Grade to Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade categories were the books that received the highest number of votes in the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices program. This joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the CBC began in 1975. Publishers submit hundreds of titles, all published in 2008, to be evaluated and voted on by 12,500 children.


For the Teen Choice Book Award, the CBC and the CBC Foundation enlisted the help of to select the finalists. More than 2,200 teens voted for their favorite book of 2008 on the TeenReads website, part of the Book Reporter network. The five books that received the highest number of votes are finalists for the Teen Choice Book Award.


The Author and Illustrator of the Year finalists were selected by the CBC and CBC Foundation from a review of bestseller lists. Only authors and illustrators associated with books published in 2008 were considered.


The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was launched last year with the announcement of 25 finalists in 5 categories. The Teen Choice Book Award was added this year. The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a love of reading.


About the Children’s Book Council

The Children’s Book Council, established in 1945, is the nonprofit trade association of publishers of trade books for children and young adults in the United States. The CBC promotes the use and enjoyment of trade books for young people. For more information about the CBC, visit us at


About Every Child a Reader

Every Child a Reader, the CBC Foundation, is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that help promote the enjoyment and importance of reading among America’s youth. The CBC Foundation is the administrator of such impactful programs as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Children’s Book Week. For more information, visit us online at



Rebecca Miller | Communications Manager

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Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.